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Film and Media Production

BA (Hons)

Practice-focused

Get ready for industry with the latest camera, pre and post-production, and sound recording equipment

Pathway course

Take the option to specialise in a particular area of film and media production during your second year

Work experience

Explore the opportunity to undertake a 12-month industry placement

UCAS code:
W600
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Choose another study option
Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
14 September 2020
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With access to media becoming easier every day, there is more film and media being produced and watched than ever before. From experimental film, to music and advertising, the industry is rapidly growing - and with growth comes opportunity. Our pathway course in film and media production will give you the real-world experience and technical knowledge needed to corner the market and launch your career in a creative industry.

Be a part of the future of film and media production with our specialist pathway course. Our course will provide you with the skills to work in your desired field, whether you have a passion for advertising promotion, a flair for music, an enthusiasm for experimental film, or you want to master behind the scenes technology.

Join us and you’ll learn how to research, develop, write, produce, direct, shoot, edit and promote your own creative portfolio of short films. You’ll also develop professional skills in areas such as camera operation, sound recording, documentary film making, art direction, editing, sound design and post-production.

During your second and third years we provide you with the opportunity to choose from a wide range of specialism subjects within different pathways of study should or, if you prefer, you can combine specialism subjects for a broader study of film and media production.

You can choose to specialise in the following pathways: 

Advertising Film

Learn to corner the market in a customer and client facing film production industry. This pathway will focus on filmmaking for brief and client management and the understanding of the advertising, music video and commercial areas of filmmaking, while developing your skills with the latest industry-grade production technology and methods, resulting in a portfolio of promotional film.

Experimental Film Production

Express your creative side in experimental film production. Learn to develop, create and produce different forms of film and media using professional equipment and film making techniques. This pathway is art & design focused, rewarding creativity and individuality and broad knowledge and skillset to launch a career in a variety of different industries.

Music Video

Specialise in the production of music video, and develop the knowledge needed to survive and thrive in a client-filmmaker based career. Learn to explore and produce informative, intriguing, creative, and innovative, solutions to problem solving in filmmaking, and enhance your communication skills to effectively climb the industry ladder. This pathway will prepare you for delivering content for local musicians and events, and engaging with musicians, locally, nationally and internationally to make cutting edge music video content.

Production Technologies

Focus on the practical use and theory of production technologies, including the application of camera and lighting technology, studio and location-based production, sound recording and mixing, idea and script development, and post-production including editing, grading and graphics. You will have the opportunity during this pathway to produce short fiction or factual films, long form and feature fiction and factual films, Interactive VR and AR projects, product design and leave with a portfolio, as well as an advanced technical skillset.

Whatever path you choose, you'll enrich your academic and practical studies by attending field trips to art galleries, film screenings and leading film festivals - in the UK and abroad. You'll also visit some of the UK's leading production facilities and attend residential trips to shoot films on location.

In the last 40 years many students have graduated from our film and media production courses and have gone to work in the industry in productions as well-known as James Bond, Harry Potter, The Avengers and EastEnders. Alongside visits from successful alumni, we also regularly host industry practitioners, who come to give talks and feedback to the students from around the world from award winning film directors to editors in natural history film production.

On successful completion of study, depending on your whether you choose specialism pathway, or you continue to study the broad subject, we will issue you with one of the following awards:

  • BA (Hons) Film and Media Production
  • BA (Hons) Film and media Production (Advertising Film)
  • BA (Hons) Film and Media Production (Experimental Film Production)
  • BA (Hons) Film and media Production (Music Video)
  • BSc (Hons) Film and media Production (Production Technologies)

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Film and Media Production

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Film and Media Production

Part-time study

Part-time study is available and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, up to a maximum of 60 credits per academic year of study.

Part-time study

Part-time study is available and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, up to a maximum of 60 credits per academic year of study.

Part-time study

Part-time study is available and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, up to a maximum of 60 credits per academic year of study.

Work placements

To develop your knowledge and understanding of the film and media discipline you’ll have the opportunity to complete an industrial placement between the second and third year of your course. This is also a great opportunity to further develop both your learning and to make valuable contacts for future employment.

Course content

Our first year will help you get an all-round knowledge in the field, including aspects of craft skills for film production and the processes of film production, as well delving into non-fiction film production, ideas and developments ion pre-production and the study of cinema.

In the second year, you will complete core modules in Advanced Craft Skills for Film Production and Fiction film Production. This is also when you will have the chance to tailor your course to your future career ambitions, selecting to continue studying film and media production as a broad degree, or specialising in:

  • Advertising Film
  • Experimental Film Production
  • Music Video
  • Production Technologies

In your final year, you’ll take your specialisms further by studying advanced modules in your chosen specialism, as well as expanding further on the concepts of contextual studies and research methods. Your course will culminate in a final personal presentation and portfolio review, which will be negotiated with your course leader, this will be tailored to your own pathway and career ambition and demonstrate your knowledge of film and media production.

Our first year will help you get an all-round knowledge in the field, including aspects of craft skills for film production and the processes of film production, as well delving into non-fiction film production, ideas and developments ion pre-production and the study of cinema.

In the second year, you will complete core modules in Advanced Craft Skills for Film Production and Fiction film Production. This is also when you will have the chance to tailor your course to your future career ambitions, selecting to continue studying film and media production as a broad degree, or specialising in:

  • Advertising Film
  • Experimental Film Production
  • Music Video
  • Production Technologies

In your final year, you’ll take your specialisms further by studying advanced modules in your chosen specialism, as well as expanding further on the concepts of contextual studies and research methods. Your course will culminate in a final personal presentation and portfolio review, which will be negotiated with your course leader, this will be tailored to your own pathway and career ambition and demonstrate your knowledge of film and media production.

Our first year will help you get an all-round knowledge in the field, including aspects of craft skills for film production and the processes of film production, as well delving into non-fiction film production, ideas and developments ion pre-production and the study of cinema.

In the second year, you will complete core modules in Advanced Craft Skills for Film Production and Fiction film Production. This is also when you will have the chance to tailor your course to your future career ambitions, selecting to continue studying film and media production as a broad degree, or specialising in:

  • Advertising Film
  • Experimental Film Production
  • Music Video
  • Production Technologies

In your final year, you’ll take your specialisms further by studying advanced modules in your chosen specialism, as well as expanding further on the concepts of contextual studies and research methods. Your course will culminate in a final personal presentation and portfolio review, which will be negotiated with your course leader, this will be tailored to your own pathway and career ambition and demonstrate your knowledge of film and media production.

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications e.g. B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

International and mature students with different qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications e.g. B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

International and mature students with different qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications e.g. B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

International and mature students with different qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

Facilities

Careers

Graduates from our BA (hons) Film Media Production will be equipped to study in roles including:

  • Production Assistant
  • Assistant Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Production Manager
  • Line Producer
  • Script Co-ordinator
  • Location Assistant
  • Camera Operator
  • Loader
  • Camera Production

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Teaching approaches can include for example theoretical structure, group work, practical workshops, seminars, tutor-led and self-managed study, research projects, and guest lectures. Each of these will be used on your modules so you get the chance to learn as effectively as possible.

Teaching approaches can include for example theoretical structure, group work, practical workshops, seminars, tutor-led and self-managed study, research projects, and guest lectures. Each of these will be used on your modules so you get the chance to learn as effectively as possible.

Teaching approaches can include for example theoretical structure, group work, practical workshops, seminars, tutor-led and self-managed study, research projects, and guest lectures. Each of these will be used on your modules so you get the chance to learn as effectively as possible.

Assessment

Assessment is based on experiential learning and the submission of coursework, the nature of which is determined by the project/s or assignment/s set within a module, but which may consist of any one or combination of the following components:

  • An essay or report, written according to given guidelines as to word-count and illustrated as required by the assignment
  • The script for a seminar presentation, or the presentation itself
  • Ideas books, photo study books, sketchbooks or visual diaries, documenting the process of generating, developing and resolving thoughts or ideas, and demonstrating the influence of research on practical work
  • Production files, Research books, folders, or dossiers, documenting the gathering, sorting and presentation of research material based on the production process
  • Finished Media/Film based artefacts, professionally presented in the format required by the assignment, project or brief

Assessment is based on experiential learning and the submission of coursework, the nature of which is determined by the project/s or assignment/s set within a module, but which may consist of any one or combination of the following components:

  • An essay or report, written according to given guidelines as to word-count and illustrated as required by the assignment
  • The script for a seminar presentation, or the presentation itself
  • Ideas books, photo study books, sketchbooks or visual diaries, documenting the process of generating, developing and resolving thoughts or ideas, and demonstrating the influence of research on practical work
  • Production files, Research books, folders, or dossiers, documenting the gathering, sorting and presentation of research material based on the production process
  • Finished Media/Film based artefacts, professionally presented in the format required by the assignment, project or brief

Assessment is based on experiential learning and the submission of coursework, the nature of which is determined by the project/s or assignment/s set within a module, but which may consist of any one or combination of the following components:

  • An essay or report, written according to given guidelines as to word-count and illustrated as required by the assignment
  • The script for a seminar presentation, or the presentation itself
  • Ideas books, photo study books, sketchbooks or visual diaries, documenting the process of generating, developing and resolving thoughts or ideas, and demonstrating the influence of research on practical work
  • Production files, Research books, folders, or dossiers, documenting the gathering, sorting and presentation of research material based on the production process
  • Finished Media/Film based artefacts, professionally presented in the format required by the assignment, project or brief

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor.

Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor.

Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor.

Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Staff

Our industry experienced and research-focused academic team draw on a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in order to create an ambitious and innovative learning environment.

Paul Ottey
Paul OtteySenior Lecturer

Paul developed his passion for film and moving image during the video boom of the 1980’s consuming a wide range of mainstream and more obscure and alternative films with a particular love of low budget B movie horror. His practical and technical interests led him to begin a career as a mechanical engineer and designer, working for major automotive brands such as Ford, Renault, Skoda and Jaguar. He changed career paths after producing video materials for automotive clients. Paul worked on a number of corporate videos before moving into factual production, and has since worked on numerous documentary programmes, short and long form films and personal filming projects.

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Colin Mottram
Colin MottramSenior Lecturer

Colin is an approachable Course Leader who’s dedicated to helping his students do their best work. An active film and video production practitioner with over 500 productions under his belt, Colin brings his ongoing practical knowledge and experience directly into his teaching.

Dr Polina Zioga
Dr Polina ZiogaModule Tutor

Polina is a Lecturer in Media/Film Production. 

She is a hybrid artist, researcher and lecturer, and currently the Director the Interactive Filmmaking Lab at the School Computing and Digital Technologies of the Staffordshire University. Throughout her career, she has worked in the creative industries, as freelance creative professional and in academia, teaching in both undergraduate and postgraduate level on the areas of Film, Digital Arts and Design, while she joined the School of Computing and Digital Technologies of the Staffordshire University in September 2017 as Lecturer in Media/Film Production. Additionally, she is an affiliate member of national and international organisations for the creative industries and the new media arts.

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Fiona Graham
Fiona GrahamSenior Lecturer

Fiona is a Senior Lecturer and Producer, with a background as a factual documentary producer/director and television studio producer. Fiona has a background in print journalism, BBC radio and television including BBC1, ITV1, ITV2, Channel 4, STV, History Channel, and Sky.

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For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
To be confirmed

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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